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The Scottsboro Boys Plays Final 7 Performances on Broadway This Week

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS TO PLAY FINAL 7 PERFORMANCES ON BROADWAY THIS WEEK

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS will play its final performance on Broadway this Sunday, December 12.   The production, which opened October 31 at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street), will have played 49 performances and 29 previews.   Previews began on October 7. 

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS is the last collaboration of Broadway songwriting legends John Kander and Fred Ebb.  The musical features a book by David Thompson and is directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. 

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS stars John Cullum as Interlocutor, Joshua Henry as Haywood Patterson, Colman Domingo as Mr. Bones, Forrest McClendon as Mr. Tambo, Sharon Washington as The Lady, Josh Breckenridge as Olen Montgomery, Derrick Cobey as Andy Wright, Jeremy Gumbs as Eugene Williams, Rodney Hicks as Clarence Norris, Kendrick Jones as Willie Roberson, James T. Lane as Ozie Powell and Ruby Bates, Julius Thomas III as Roy Wright, and Christian Dante White as Charles Weems and Victoria Price.   The production also features E. Clayton Cornelious, JC Montgomery, Clinton Roane and Robin S. Walker. Continue reading

The Scottsboro Boys hosts post-performance talkback on December 9

HOSTS POST-PERFORMANCE TALKBACK

ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9

CBS NEWS CORRESPONDENT JAN CRAWFORD

LEADS PANEL DISCUSSION OF HISTORIC CASE

On Wednesday, December 9, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS will host a post-show talkback, moderated by CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford (“CBS Evening News,” “Face the Nation,” “Early Show,” “CBS Sunday Morning”).

Guests at the panel discussion will include: Sheila Washington, the founder of the Scottsboro Museum in Scottsboro, AL; Garry Morgan, the museum’s historian; Lucia Brooks, director of the Civil Rights Museum in Montgomery, AL; and Kathy Horton Garrett, the granddaughter of James E. Horton, the judge who risked his life and career when he refused to allow the death sentence be imposed in the second trial of Scottsboro defendant Haywood Patterson.

The talkback is free for ticket buyers attending the December 9 performance at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street).  Tickets are available at www.telecharge.com.

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS will play its final performance on Broadway on Sunday, December 12.   The production, which opened October 31 at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street), will have played 49 performances and 29 previews.   Previews began on October 7. Continue reading

The Scottsboro Boys plays final performance on Sunday, December 12

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS
PLAYS FINAL PERFORMANCE

ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS will play its final performance on Broadway on Sunday, December 12.   The production, which opened October 31 at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street), will have played 49 performances and 29 previews.   Previews began on October 7. Continue reading

The Scottsboro Boys in the news

KANDER & EBB’S

 


IN THE NEWS

Production featured IN

THE NEW YORK TIMES, NEW YORK MAGAZINE,

PAPER MAGAZINE AND JERUSALEM POST

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS is the thrilling final collaboration by musical theatre giants John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret). Based on the notorious “Scottsboro” case in the 1930s (in which nine African-American men were unjustly accused of a terrible crime) this daring and wildly entertaining musical explores a fascinating chapter in American history with brilliant originality. This critically-acclaimed production, directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers) and featuring a book by David Thompson (who adapted the script for Chicago‘s record-breaking revival), comes to Broadway following a sold-out run at the Vineyard Theatre. The production was further developed this summer at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS is the winner of the 2010 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and the 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical and a 2010 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics.   The show has also been nominated for four AUDELCO Awards for Excellence in Black Theatre, including Outstanding Musical Production.

Set design is by Beowulf Boritt, costume design is by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design is Ken Billington and sound design is by Peter Hylenski.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman, with musical arrangements by Glen Kelly.  Music direction is by David Loud.

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS is produced on Broadway by Barry and Fran Weissler, Jacki Barlia Florin, Janet Pailet/Sharon Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Nederlander Presentations Inc./The Shubert Organization Inc., Beechwood Entertainment, Broadway Across America, Mark Zimmerman, Adam Blanshay/R2D2 Productions, Rick Danzansky/Barry Tatelman, Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman, Allen Spivak/Jerry Frankel, Bard Theatricals/Probo Productions/Randy Donaldson, Catherine Schreiber/Michael Palitz/Patti Laskawy, Vineyard Theatre.

The production, which opened October 31 on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street), has been in the news lately: Continue reading

Critics rave for The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway

CRITICS RAVE FOR


ON BROADWAY

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, the thrilling final collaboration by musical theatre giants John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret), opened Sunday, October 31 at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street).

Based on the notorious “Scottsboro” case in the 1930s (in which nine African-American men were unjustly accused of a terrible crime) this daring and wildly entertaining musical explores a fascinating chapter in American history with brilliant originality.  The production is directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers) and features a book by David Thompson (who adapted the script for Chicago‘s record-breaking revival.

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS stars John Cullum as Interlocutor, Joshua Henry as Haywood Patterson, Colman Domingo as Mr. Bones, Forrest McClendon as Mr. Tambo, Sharon Washington as The Lady, Josh Breckenridge as Olen Montgomery, Derrick Cobey as Andy Wright, Jeremy Gumbs as Eugene Williams, Rodney Hicks as Clarence Norris, Kendrick Jones as Willie Roberson, James T. Lane as Ozie Powell and Ruby Bates, Julius Thomas III as Roy Wright, and Christian Dante White as Charles Weems and Victoria Price.   The production also features E. Clayton Cornelious, JC Montgomery, Clinton Roane and Robin S. Walker.

Here’s a sample of what critics had to say about THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS on Broadway: Continue reading

The Scottsboro Boys in the news

KANDER & EBB’S


IN THE NEWS

Production, WHICH OPENED LAST NIGHT ON BROADWAY,

featured ON NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, GOOD DAY NEW YORK

THEATERMANIA AND IN THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS is the thrilling final collaboration by musical theatre giants John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret). Based on the notorious “Scottsboro” case in the 1930s (in which nine African-American men were unjustly accused of a terrible crime) this daring and wildly entertaining musical explores a fascinating chapter in American history with brilliant originality. This critically-acclaimed production, directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers) and featuring a book by David Thompson (who adapted the script for Chicago‘s record-breaking revival), comes to Broadway following a sold-out run at the Vineyard Theatre. The production was further developed this summer at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS is the winner of the 2010 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and the 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical and a 2010 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics.   The show has also been nominated for four AUDELCO Awards for Excellence in Black Theatre, including Outstanding Musical Production.

Set design is by Beowulf Boritt, costume design is by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design is Ken Billington and sound design is by Peter Hylenski.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman, with musical arrangements by Glen Kelly.  Music direction is by David Loud.

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS is produced on Broadway by Barry and Fran Weissler, Jacki Barlia Florin, Janet Pailet/Sharon Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Nederlander Presentations Inc./The Shubert Organization Inc., Beechwood Entertainment, Broadway Across America, Mark Zimmerman, Adam Blanshay/R2D2 Productions, Rick Danzansky/Barry Tatelman, Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman, Allen Spivak/Jerry Frankel, Bard Theatricals/Probo Productions/Randy Donaldson, Catherine Schreiber/Michael Palitz/Patti Laskawy, Vineyard Theatre.

The production, which opened last night on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street), has been in the news lately: Continue reading

The Scottsboro Boys opens Sunday at the Lyceum Theatre

 

WINNER! LORTEL AWARD – BEST NEW MUSICAL

WINNER! OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD – BEST OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

 

 

 

OPENS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31 AT THE LYCEUM THEATRE

Music and lyrics by JOHN KANDER and FRED EBB

Book by DAVID THOMPSON

Direction and Choreography by SUSAN STROMAN

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, the exhilarating new Kander & Ebb musical, opens Sunday, October 31 at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street).  Previews began on October 7. 

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS stars John Cullum as Interlocutor, Joshua Henry as Haywood Patterson, Colman Domingo as Mr. Bones, Forrest McClendon as Mr. Tambo, Sharon Washington as The Lady, Josh Breckenridge as Olen Montgomery, Derrick Cobey as Andy Wright, Jeremy Gumbs as Eugene Williams, Rodney Hicks as Clarence Norris, Kendrick Jones as Willie Roberson, James T. Lane as Ozie Powell and Ruby Bates, Julius Thomas III as Roy Wright, and Christian Dante White as Charles Weems and Victoria Price.   The production also features E. Clayton Cornelious, JC Montgomery, Clinton Roane and Robin S. Walker.

 

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS is the thrilling final collaboration by musical theatre giants John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret). Based on the notorious “Scottsboro” case in the 1930s (in which nine African-American men were unjustly accused of a terrible crime) this daring and wildly entertaining musical explores a fascinating chapter in American history with brilliant originality. This critically-acclaimed production, directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers) and featuring a book by David Thompson (who adapted the script for Chicago‘s record-breaking revival), comes to Broadway following a sold-out run at the Vineyard Theatre.

 

The production is the winner of the 2010 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and the 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical and a 2010 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics.   The show has also been nominated for four AUDELCO Awards for Excellence in Black Theatre, including Outstanding Musical Production. 

 

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS had its world premiere earlier this year at the Vineyard Theatre. 

The show was further developed this summer in a critically acclaimed production at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis (Joe Dowling, Director), where it played from July 31 through September 25 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.   

Set design is by Beowulf Boritt, costume design is by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design is Ken Billington and sound design is by Peter Hylenski.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman, with musical arrangements by Glen Kelly.  Music direction is by David Loud. 

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS is produced on Broadway by Barry and Fran Weissler, Jacki Barlia Florin, Janet Pailet/Sharon A. Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Nederlander Presentations Inc./The Shubert Organization Inc., Beechwood Entertainment, Broadway Across America, Mark Zimmerman, Adam Blanshay/R2D2 Productions, Rick Danzansky/Barry Tatelman, Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman, Allen Spivak/Jerry Frankel, Bard Theatricals/Probo Productions/Randy Donaldson, Catherine Schreiber/Michael Palitz/Patti Laskawy, Vineyard Theatre.  

Tickets ($39.50 – $131.50; Premium $251.50) are available by calling Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200, online at www.telecharge.com and at the Lyceum Theatre box office (149 West 45th Street).   Performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 8:00 PM, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 PM. 

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Scottsboro Boys author David Thompson featured in the Wall Street Journal

Racing to Broadway

By CHRISTOPHER JOHN FARLEY

Wall Street Journal

October 19, 2010

David Thompson wants to do justice to the story of the Scottsboro boys.

Mr. Thompson wrote the book for “The Scottsboro Boys,” the new Broadway musical that tells the real-life story of nine African-American teens who in 1931 were unjustly accused of raping two white women in Alabama.

The show, which opens at the Lyceum Theatre on Oct. 31, features music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb (the Tony-winning team behind such shows as “Cabaret” and “Chicago”), and was directed by Susan Stroman (“The Producers”). It was completed after Ebb died in 2004.

Mr. Thompson, a resident of Millburn, N.J., who received a Tony nomination for his book for the musical “Steel Pier,” spoke with the Journal about the musical and the difficulties of getting it to the stage.

WSJ: How did you come upon this story?

Mr. Thompson: We decided we wanted to write a musical that was based on a true story. That was our idea from the get-go: “Wouldn’t it be interesting to tell a true story in a musical form?” We started looking at the important trials from the last century and the one that jumped out at us immediately was the Scottsboro Boys.

WSJ: When Ebb died in 2004, did you think it spelled the end of the show?

Mr. Thompson: We had just finished one of the last songs in the score; there’s a song called “Nothin’”—Fred had written the lyrics and John had written the music. I was working with John to get it worked into the script. It was Sept. 11, 2004. We finished our work and an hour later I got a call from one of Fred’s assistants saying that he had just died. The project was put on the shelf until about 2008, and Kander called Stroman and myself and said, “Can we get back to work on this? I think there’s something here and I’d like to finish it.” In a way we had to finish it just to honor Fred.

WSJ: The show makes a point of emphasizing the cultural gulf between the Scottsboro boys and the white characters. Did you feel you had a similar gulf to overcome as a white theater team creating a show about black men?

Mr. Thompson: I can’t tell an African-American actor what it means to experience racism. But what I can do is dignify that reality by creating a story, a narrative, that’s honest. And so my responsibility is to write characters or situations that are dramatic and compelling, and during the rehearsal process bring the actors into that collaboration to make sure what we’re creating is as authentic as possible.

To read the complete article, click here.

The Scottsboro Boys in the news

KANDER & EBB’S


IN THE NEWS

Production featured in

The New York Times, Variety, Playbill.com, Broadway.com

OPENING NIGHT OCTOBER 31 AT THE LYCEUM THEATRE

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS is the thrilling final collaboration by musical theatre giants John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret). Based on the notorious “Scottsboro” case in the 1930s (in which nine African-American men were unjustly accused of a terrible crime) this daring and wildly entertaining musical explores a fascinating chapter in American history with brilliant originality. This critically-acclaimed production, directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers) and featuring a book by David Thompson (who adapted the script for Chicago‘s record-breaking revival), comes to Broadway following a sold-out run at the Vineyard Theatre.

The production is the winner of the 2010 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and the 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical and a 2010 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics.   The show has also been nominated for four AUDELCO Awards for Excellence in Black Theatre, including Outstanding Musical Production.

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS had its world premiere earlier this year at the Vineyard Theatre, where it was heralded by Entertainment Weekly as “a cause for rejoicing,” “a masterwork” by the New York Post, “staggeringly inventive” by the Associated Press and “dazzling, riveting and toe-tapping with real teeth” by Variety.  NY1 called the production “one of the most satisfyingly original shows to open in a very long time!,” while Bloomberg News raved “Susan Stroman is in top form here — razor sharp dancing and soaring music, some of Kander and Ebb’s best!”

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS was further developed this summer in a critically acclaimed production at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis (Joe Dowling, Director), where it played from July 31 through September 25 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.

Set design is by Beowulf Boritt, costume design is by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design is Ken Billington and sound design is by Peter Hylenski.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman, with musical arrangements by Glen Kelly.  Music direction is by David Loud.

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS is produced on Broadway by Barry and Fran Weissler, Jacki Barlia Florin, Janet Pailet/Sharon Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Nederlander Presentations Inc./The Shubert Organization Inc., Beechwood Entertainment, Broadway Across America, Mark Zimmerman, Adam Blanshay/R2D2 Productions, Rick Danzansky/Barry Tatelman, Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman, Allen Spivak/Jerry Frankel, Bard Theatricals/Probo Productions/Randy Donaldson, Catherine Schreiber/Michael Palitz/Patti Laskawy, Vineyard Theatre.

The production, now in previews on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street), has been in the news lately, in advance of its October 31 opening. Continue reading

The Scottsboro Boys begins previews tonight at the Lyceum Theatre

four out of four stars!  A MASTERWORK – daring and highly entertaining!

If you see one show this season, make it THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS!”

Elisabeth Vincentelli, NEW YORK POST

four out of four stars! Susan Stroman is in top form here! Soaring music, some of Kander & Ebb’s best!”

Jeremy Gerard, BLOOMBERG NEWS

“Pitch perfect.  A STAGGERINGLY INVENTIVE piece of musical theatre. Entertainment of the highest order, with INSPIRED direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. An EXHILARATING evening of theatre!”

Michael Kuchwara, ASSOCIATED PRESS

WINNER! LORTEL AWARD – BEST NEW MUSICAL

WINNER! OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD – BEST OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

PREVIEWS BEGIN TONIGHT FOR


ON BROADWAY

OPENING NIGHT OCTOBER 31 AT THE LYCEUM THEATRE

Music and lyrics by JOHN KANDER and FRED EBB

Book by DAVID THOMPSON

Direction and Choreography by SUSAN STROMAN

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, the exhilarating new Kander & Ebb musical, begins previews tomorrow night at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street).   Opening Night is Sunday, October 31

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS stars John Cullum as Interlocutor, Joshua Henry as Haywood Patterson, Colman Domingo as Mr. Bones, Forrest McClendon as Mr. Tambo, Sharon Washington as The Lady, Josh Breckenridge as Olen Montgomery, Derrick Cobey as Andy Wright, Jeremy Gumbs as Eugene Williams, Rodney Hicks as Clarence Norris, Kendrick Jones as Willie Roberson, James T. Lane as Ozie Powell and Ruby Bates, Julius Thomas III as Roy Wright, and Christian Dante White as Charles Weems and Victoria Price.   The production also features E. Clayton Cornelious, JC Montgomery, Clinton Roane and Cherene Snow.

Continue reading